How Important is Good Posture?
Posture refers to the way we hold our bodies when sitting, standing, or lying down. Good posture refers to the position in which our body is aligned correctly with minimal strain on our muscles and ligaments. Most people are not aware of the importance of good posture, which is why they tend to slouch and develop various postural problems. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of good posture and how it can benefit our overall health.
What Can Good Posture Do for Me?
- Reduces back pain: Poor posture can cause tension in the muscles and ligaments of the back, leading to chronic pain. Maintaining good posture while standing or sitting can help to reduce the strain on your back muscles, thus reducing the risk of back pain.
- Improves breathing: Good posture also helps to improve breathing. When you slouch, your lungs have less space to expand, which can lead to shallow breathing. On the other hand, maintaining an upright posture allows for better lung expansion, resulting in improved oxygen intake.
- Boosts confidence: Good posture can also have a positive impact on your self-confidence. Standing or sitting tall and straight can make you look and feel more confident, which can improve your overall self-esteem.
- Improves digestion: Maintaining good posture can also improve digestion. When you slouch, your organs become compressed, leading to digestive problems. On the other hand, sitting or standing up straight allows your organs to function optimally, leading to better digestion.
- Enhances circulation: Good posture also helps to improve blood circulation. When you slouch, your blood vessels become constricted, which can lead to poor circulation. On the other hand, maintaining an upright posture allows for better blood flow throughout your body.
- Prevents injuries: Good posture can also prevent injuries. When you maintain proper posture, your muscles and ligaments are less likely to become strained or injured. This is especially important for athletes and individuals who engage in physical activities.
Good Posture is Essential for Maintaining Optimal Health
In conclusion, good posture is essential for maintaining optimal health. It can improve back pain, breathing, digestion, circulation, and prevent injuries. So, whether you’re sitting at a desk or standing in line, remember to maintain good posture to reap its numerous benefits.
If you ask a random person on the street what a chiropractor does the most common response you will hear is “they help with back or neck pain”. Unfortunately, many people have become accustomed to using this response, which has pigeonholed my profession to focusing solely on the back and neck. Removing pain from a persons life is the smallest outcome a chiropractor produces based on the grand scale of how many physiological changes that are happening as the spine is corrected.
By the time someone feels pain usually a problem has been underlying for many years and has now begun to manifest as symptoms. This mentality is far from the typical thought process of the average American as we only think there is a problem when we are symptomatic. If this was true, then people would feel their heart hurting years before their heart attack or feel cancer cells replicating in their body once the cancer hits phase 1. Unfortunately for both those examples most people do not feel the problem until it is too late whether it is at the heart attack or in phase 4 cancer.
The focus of a corrective chiropractor is to find the problem early and get the problem corrected before it becomes painful. Sadly some people are in pain by the time they come to a corrective chiropractor but this only means the timing of care may be longer. The first phase of correction is eliminating the pain, and the second phase is correcting the problem, which is why getting checked by a corrective chiropractor is crucial as soon as possible. Therefore, you can see if the spine has lost its natural curves before it is too late.
The picture on the right represents a normal neck and shows a beautiful C-shaped curve. Most healthcare providers call this curve the ‘arc of life’ as it sends down millions of impulses and signals through the spine every day to communicate with the rest of the body. When kept in this position, this curve can function at 100% and clearly communicate with the body. From hours in front of the computer, old sports injuries, car accidents over 8 mph, poor postural patterns at work, sleeping improperly, and many other biomechanical issues, we lose these natural curves and let them go through the phases of degeneration. The chart below represents the different phases and what would happen to someone if he/she did not see a corrective chiropractor. What most people think of as ‘due to old age’ or ‘genetics’ can be corrected or prevented based on taking proactive measures towards your health.
The first step is to call a corrective chiropractor and schedule a structural examination. If you live in Atlanta, we would be happy to evaluate you. During our time together, our team will determine how we can help and get you the best results.
The second step is scheduling your Report of Findings. At this time, you will review your x-rays with Dr. Cohen and see if you qualify for our care. If so, we will determine the length, time commitment, and costs of your personalized careplan. There are no hidden expenses and you would know all the numbers before beginning any care at our facility.
The third step is to enjoy the process. Our Community Wellness Advisor, Jessica, and Dr. Cohen are on a mission to change lives through living a proactive life, so please use them as resources to maximizing your care and health.
Below are examples of how we can correct the spine using the tools we have in our practice Atlanta: